Art Rooney II Responds To Ryan Clark Comments On Marijuana Use In The League

On Thursday, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark found himself back in the spotlight when he said some of his teammates smoke marijuana and that players around the league know how to avoid testing positive for the drug. On Friday, Steelers team president Art Rooney II was asked by Channel 4 Action News to comment on what Clark had to say.

“I don’t really have anything to follow up on with Ryan,” Rooney said. “The collective bargaining agreement considers marijuana a banned substance and I’m not sure I see that changing anytime soon.”

During his Thursday appearance on ESPN’s “First Take“, Clark said players around the league, including some his own teammates, smoke marijuana to help with pain and to relieve stress.

“I know guys on my team who smoke,” Clark said. “And it’s not a situation where you think, ‘Oh, these are guys trying to be cool.’ These are guys who want to do it recreationally.

“A lot of it is stress relief. A lot of it is pain and medication. Guys feel like, ‘If I can do this, it keeps me away from maybe Vicodin, it keeps me away from pain prescription drugs and things that guys get addicted to.’ Guys look at this as a more natural way to heal themselves, to stress relieve and also to medicate themselves for pain. Guys are still going to do it.”

While Clark didn’t name any names of teammates that use marijuana, his admission that a few of them do certainly couldn’t have pleased Rooney. In addition, Clark, who is also the team’s NFLPA representative, spoke out about how lax the testing policy for drug is.

“There is one random test during OTAs and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp,” said Clark. “After that, there are no more tests. So guys understand the ways to get around failing a drug test.”

Clark will be an unrestricted free agent in March and has likely played his final down in a Steelers uniform. If the Steelers did have any thoughts about possibly re-signing this offseason, you have to wonder if the comments he made Thursday about his teammates might make the front office think twice about doing so.

  • Steve

    Wonder if Clark has been smoking the stuff?

  • Virdin Barzey

    First off, I have a huge problem with what Clark said. People are saying that he didn’t say anything wrong and they don’t have a problem with athletes using the drug. Are you serious? Its banned by the league, just like a lot of stuff that is banned by the NFL and not outside the NFL.

    This idiot is not only throwing his teammates under the bus, he’s throwing the team and the NFL under the bus. You guys need to watch the whole First Take episode. For the first time in my life, STEPHEN A SMITH knocked it out of the park. He put Ryan in his place and all these weed heads in there place. “Shut up”

    Stop insulting the American people. Now we are going to encourage kids to do it.

  • Jeff

    Right or wrong, Clark has officially become a part of the media, and he threw his teammates under the bus… Even if he does end up with a team in 2014, I think other players around the league will keep this in mind.

  • sean mcmartin

    LOL, Time for Clark to get random drug tests for whatever job he gets..too many hits to the head might have not been all football hits he takes..

  • Steve

    Last time I looked this is a free country and Clark can say anything he wants. He will pay for what he said like we all do but he has to live by his actions. It may be baned by the NFL but the stuff is leagal in a few states, so they better change their rules to reflect the times. Alcohol has done a lot more damage in this country and you can drink it in the stadium, then kill someone on the way home drunk driving. Ryan has a big mouth that didn’t back up by his actions, so he is trying to get a new job since he didn’t do very with the Steelers this past year.

  • Steve

    Probably smoke the shit when he couldn’t play in Colarado.

  • Cold_Lunch

    Your comment displays how much you don’t know about marijuana. It was never illegal until major tycoons (timber, alochol, etc.) put massive amount of money together in order to perpetuate a lie to the weak minds of the great depression. Watch Reefer Madness, Devil’s Harvest, or Assassination of Youth and realize what has stemmed the illegality of this plant.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Your comment displays your inability to read a comment properly. No one said anything about it being illegal or legal. It is banned by the NFL. That was the comment stated.

    No thank you, I don’t need to watch those recommendation.